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Casa Quickie: Easy Cleaning For Votive Holders

Do you detest peeling the melted wax off of your votive holders? You do? Well, stop whining, and use my easy trick. Just pour 1/4" of water into the bottom of your votive candle holder. The melted wax from the burned candle won't stick to the glass, and the candle (and the wax) will be easy to pull out and replace.

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mommie mommie 9 years
yes, the freezer trick works but I'm going to try the water idea too.
Tech Tech 9 years
katejane24, I heard recently that if you trim your wicks before burning, the candles won't produce as much soot. Apparently it's the fault of long wicks.
emalove emalove 9 years
Great tip! Thanks.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Wow, that's an awesome idea. I love it! Thanks much!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Wow, that sounds like a no-duh sort of thing to do, but... it's not. It's really useful! Thanks for the tip!
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
Shoot, I really wish I'd known these tricks earlier! Now if someone could just tell me how to eliminate sooting...or at least easily clean it up...
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Another vote for popping the wax out after a votive overnight stay in the freezer!!! (Or a doesn't harm the holders that I have found.)
sgdish sgdish 9 years
The freezing thing works...
davisdavis davisdavis 9 years
brookrene, I freeze votives too, it does work well. The wax shrinks and pulls away from the votive. So easy.
brookrene brookrene 9 years
Also, if you place the votive holder with the melted candle in the freezer and let it sit (i usually do this overnight), the next day it pops right out.
DailyCrush DailyCrush 9 years
That's a great idea!! Another idea (the one that I've been using) is to (carefully) clip the little metal disc off the bottom of each votive candle's wick before placing them in a glass holder. Once the candle has melted past the point of no return, stick the glass holder in a microwave for around 25-45 seconds. The outer layer of the melted wax (the part touching the glass) will melt a little bit, and you'll be able to pop the melted candle right out. :)
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